Our ports, services and facilities

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Our ports

In the 2011 financial year, Western Australian ports handled a total of 501 million tonnes of exports and 16 million tonnes of imports. In terms of volume, these figures represent 57 per cent of national exports and 18 per cent of national imports*.

In terms of economic trade value, Western Australia’s exports have increased from $25 billion to an estimated $101 billion in the 13 years to 2013. This extraordinary growth has translated to a near doubling in Western Australia’s contribution to nations exports, rising from 26 per cent to 44 per cent.

On 8 May 2014, the State Government passed legislation to facilitate structural reform of Western Australian port operations to ensure port governance can meet the increasing demands resulting from our rapidly growing economy*.

The following west Pilbara ports were amalgamated to form Pilbara Ports Authority:

* A vision for Western Australia’s Ports, Department of Transport (2012)

Our facilities

We operate a range of multi-user landside and seaward facilities to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of cargo and mineral products at major ports along the west Pilbara coastline.

It is our goal to provide on-time infrastructure to support port operations whilst identifying and facilitating future trade and development opportunities within these regions.

Port of Port Hedland

We own and operate four public berths in the Port of Port Hedland’s inner harbour. Private berths have also been constructed in the inner harbour under a lease or licence agreement with Pilbara Ports Authority.

Capacity for inner harbour private berth infrastructure development has been allocated to:

  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore
  • Fortescue Metals Group
  • Roy Hill Infrastructure
  • The following products are traded through private and public berths:
  • Bulk minerals
  • Petroleum products
  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Bulk liquids
  • General cargo
  • Containerised cargo
  • Livestock

Learn more about products traded through the Port of Port Hedland and important port information on our Port of Port Hedland facilities and services page.

Port of Dampier

The Port of Dampier comprises private port terminals that facilitate the import and export of:

  • Iron ore
  • Liquefied petroleum gas
  • Liquefied natural gas
  • Diesel
  • Condensate
  • Salt
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Bulk cargo and general cargo.

Learn more about products traded through the Port of Dampier and important port information on our Port of Dampier facilities and services page.

Port of Ashburton

In 2009, the State Government entered into an historic State Development Agreement with Chevron Australia Pty Ltd for the creation of community, infrastructure and service developments to support its Wheatstone foundation project in the Ashburton North strategic industrial area.

Pilbara Ports Authority is responsible for constructing a multi-user port, common user coastal area (CUCA) facilities and Eastern Infrastructure Corridor (EIC) in Ashburton North.

Learn more about the Port of Ashburton on our Port of Ashburton facilities and services page.

Port of Anketell

The Western Australian Government is developing concepts for a new deep water port and industrial area approximately 30 kilometres east of Karratha and 10 kilometres west of Cape Lambert for the development of iron ore exports and industry within the Pilbara.

Learn more about the Port of Anketell on our Port of Anketell facilities and services page.

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Our services

We provide the following key services for port users, contractors and leaseholders:

  • Berths
  • Pilotage
  • Moorings
  • Anchorages
  • Wharfage
  • Stevedoring
  • Tug escort services
  • Vessel scheduling
  • Security
  • Permits
  • Port maps and charts
  • Weather and tidal information

For more information on these services, visit:

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